June 22nd, 2008

20111112, Marilee

Water Goddess

Yes, well, not quite. It's raining again, although not big storms, and the mulch in front of my porch was about to float off into the street because the landscape people always put it in so it blocks the openings to under my porch, where there's a drain that empties down some steps. So I went out with my reacher and scraped a channel to the closest recent opening and then used the end to move stuff out, and voila! Now the water is going from the drainpipe to the opening and out the drain to the lawn out back. When I bought the condo, my porch was 2" above the ground. After 16.5 years of mulch, the mulch is almost equal to the floor of the porch. I have to email management about it.

I did manage to stay up until regular bedtime this morning, but then I slept 11 hours. It's still only three more and I probably would have slept four or five extra last night, so it's probably better. Last night, Spirit heard Shiva charging after her and she smacked him in the face. This morning, they scuffled for a second or so twice, but he hasn't grabbed her again yet.

NBC says Tom Brokaw is going to run Meet the Press until after the elections -- that gives them time to decide who to pick.
20111112, Marilee

A Love Song for Bobby Long

At the beginning, I wondered if I'd ever forget Bobby was really John Travolta, but I did.

Bobby and his protege are both literary former-academic drunkards. They were friends of a singer who died and let them stay in her house for a year, but the house belongs to her estranged 17-year-old daughter. The daughter comes down and sees the disaster the house and the men are in and she starts cleaning the house. The guys at first don't tell her that she owns the house (her boyfriend didn't give her that letter) and try to get her out, but as she cleans and starts to care for them, they start to care for her. They get her back into school and the protege goes dry. You'd think this was the end, but it's not, and I'm not spoiling it.

It was a really excellent movie, with great acting even from the minor cast members. Besides Travolta, Scarlett Johansen and Gabriel Macht are the major cast members. It's set in New Orleans so besides wonderful music, there's the color and the language and the atmosphere. I definitely recommend this.